Online Danish lessons were the perfect solution for Indian IT consultant in Aarhus

Online Danish lessons were the perfect solution for Indian IT consultant in Aarhus

Online Danish lessons were the perfect solution for Indian IT consultant in Aarhus

Utsav Jain originally qualified as a software engineer in India. A brief work assignment in Denmark in 2017 marked the beginning of a journey into Danish language, culture, and working life. And now, Utsav has in many ways reached his dream destination. He has secured a job he is truly passionate about with a major Danish consulting firm, and after passing the Danish language test 3 (PD3), he has obtained permanent residency in Denmark.

He tells us what learning Danish has meant for him and, based on his own experiences, offers three pieces of advice to others who wish to learn Danish and work in Denmark.

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As an IT consultant, Utsav Jain travels a lot, making UCplus’s offer of online Danish lessons a perfect solution for him.

Learning Danish opens many doors – both professionally and socially

When Utsav first arrived in Denmark, he felt out of place because he could not speak Danish. He found that his lack of language skills created barriers for him, making it difficult to form new relationships. He sensed the need to start professional and structured language lessons, but the training had to be compatible with his frequent travels for work. With help from colleagues, he found out that UCplus offers online Danish lessons.

“UCplus’s online lessons were the right solution for me. The flexibility suited my busy schedule, and the interactive approach kept me motivated. My teachers guided me patiently, reminding me that even small steps are progress.”

Learning the language and immersing himself in Danish culture and values have made a significant difference for Utsav. The barriers no longer exist, and now he can communicate much better.

“I’m a valued friend and colleague, not just the quiet IT guy anymore. I can finally express myself clearly. I can understand the news and chat with neighbors, and now I feel like part of the community in a way I didn’t think was possible.”

Danish Lessons paved the way for permanent residency

Utsav has long dreamed of settling in Denmark, so it was a significant and important step for him to take the Danish lessons and prove he had passed the PD3 exam, which then led to him obtaining permanent residency:

“It was a door opening to a whole new world. It’s not just a piece of paper for me, it’s a symbol of belonging. It has given me a sense of security that means I can thrive both personally and professionally.”

Three tips if you are a newcomer in Denmark

Get help from your teachers

Learning Danish is not always easy. Remember, you can seek support from your teachers. Tell them how you’re doing, and they will definitely help you, so you can make progress.

Find your superpowers

Dedication, determination, and discipline are your superpowers. Dedication means focusing on learning Danish. Determination keeps you going despite challenges, and discipline helps you keep at it every single day.

Be kind to yourself

Learning a new language is an adventure! You leave your comfort zone, and you will meet challenges along the way. Remember to celebrate your progress, it makes the learning process much better.

Learn Danish at UCplus

UCplus offers the three official Danish Education programs, which grant access to official exams and a good start in Denmark. The education is offered at 3 levels, each consisting of 6 modules. You will be offered to start at the level that matches your years of schooling and your qualifications.

Read more and sign up here

UCplus helps foreigners fulfil their dreams of a job in Denmark

UCplus helps foreigners fulfil their dreams of a job in Denmark

UCplus helps foreigners fulfil their dreams of a job in Denmark

UCplus Language Center in Greve is a meeting place for people from many different countries. What they have in common is the dream of learning Danish and finding work in Denmark. They enjoy meeting each other at the language centre, where they not only improve their language skills but also have the opportunity to form friendships and create useful networks.

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Julianna, Bilyana, Maya, and Alexander take a quick photo break from their Danish lessons. They come from different countries, but all share the same dream of learning Danish and finding work in Denmark.

From Syria to Belgium – From Cosmetologist to Geologist

One only needs to take a quick look inside the classrooms at UCplus’ Language Centre in Greve to see that the centre provides a setting for people from different countries and with different educational backgrounds. However, they all share the same goal; to learn Danish and find work in Denmark.

22-year-old Julianna from Israel came to Denmark for love. She is trained as a cosmetologist and hopes to continue working in the industry as soon as she learns more Danish.

Bilyana is an economist from Macedonia. Her parents live in Denmark, and now she has come to the country to be close to them and dreams of finding work in the banking world.

Maya, 27, is from Syria, where she has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. She hopes to continue her studies at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

Alexander is a geologist from Belgium, specializing in soil contamination. His girlfriend has already found a job in Denmark, and now he is working hard on both job applications and Danish lessons, hoping to also find work.

Their diversity becomes a strength in the classroom, whether they are learning about Danish culture, sentence structure, or pronunciation, as they support and help each other through the process.

Danish is the key to the job market

Natalie came to Denmark when the war broke out in her homeland, Ukraine. She has expertise in didactics and learning and hopes to find a job as an educator.

“Danish is the key to finding work,” she says, and her study partner Eric, who came from neighbouring Germany, nods. They both really want to become proficient in speaking Danish and to become part of a community at a Danish workplace.

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Natalie from Ukraine and Eric from Germany agree that it is difficult to learn a language alone. At UCplus’ language centre in Greve, they get plenty of opportunities to speak Danish together.

Effective language lessons and networking

The students are happy that they are enrolled in the Danish language program at an official language centre because the teaching prepares them very well for their everyday life in Denmark.

Natalie is particularly pleased that she can learn Danish in a structured way:

“We work with both reading and writing, and it’s good that we focus on our problems and how we can improve them.

Moreover, she thinks it’s best to learn languages with others. Her classmate, Eric, nods and adds:

“It’s also fun to meet other people, and it’s good that we can get to network.

Julianna has also tried to learn Danish through an app, and although the app makes it easy and flexible, she has noticed that her Danish has improved after she started at the language centre.

“It’s easier to improve when you practice with real people.”

Last but not least, the students see it as an advantage that the teaching also covers Danish culture and social conditions. It’s easier to talk to Danes when you know a little about the country’s history and which traditions are important in Denmark.

UCplus helps you learn Danish properly

UCplus Language Centre Greve is located just 500 meters from Hundige Station at Frydenhøj Allé 73 in Greve. The language centre offers Danish instruction at all levels within both the Ministerial Danish Education and FVU Danish and Mathematics.

The language centre has 400 active students distributed across the three levels of the Danish Education program. The students come from all over the world, in addition to the mentioned countries, there are students from over 40 different countries.

You can also attend Danish lessons online or at UCplus’ other seven language centres distributed around the country.

You will be offered to start at exactly the level that suits the number of years of schooling you have, and your qualifications.

Read more about the Danish education and sign up here

Combitherm strengthens the language skills of their foreign employees

Combitherm strengthens the language skills of their foreign employees

Combitherm strengthens the language skills of their foreign employees

Since 2016, the Jutland-based company Combitherm has employed a group of Syrians in its production. The company is growing, and this requires optimization of work processes and effective communication. Consequently, Combitherm has started providing Danish language instruction to their Syrian employees, in order to improve their language skills and make it easier for them to communicate on a daily basis in the company.
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The Danish lessons ensure that the Syrian employees become better at communicating with their colleagues, and they practice with many different types of conversational activities.

Danish lessons at the company improves daily communication

The small Jutland company Combitherm, which designs and produces energy-saving thermal solutions for protecting temperature-sensitive goods and processes in several different industries, is doing really well. This has led to a busy schedule for the company’s 33 employees, more than a third of whom are from Syria.

To handle the increasing number of orders, a process has begun to see how the company can reduce waste and streamline all production processes. This also involves a heightened focus on language, explains Combitherm’s COO, Torben Hallstrup.

“We are going through a process where it will be important for us to communicate effectively and precisely about what is happening in production. And we want all our employees, including our Syrian employees, to contribute to this process. Many of them have been working for us for several years now and have valuable insights into the specific work tasks, that we need to hear about.”

The Syrian employees can speak Danish but are often a bit reluctant to come forward and talk about professional topics. And Torben Hallstrup wants to do something about this.

“We need to help them, so they gain more confidence and can express what they have observed in production.”

Therefore, Combitherm has now made an agreement with UCplus’ Language Center in Silkeborg to organize a program that will strengthen the Syrian employees’ language skills through Danish lessons at the company three hours each week.

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Focus on work-related language

Every Thursday afternoon, UCplus’ language consultant Jette Kaspersen turns up at Combitherm’s canteen, and instead of open sandwiches, the lunch tables are now covered with conversation cards and other objects that can get conversations started.

The lessons aim to strengthen and expand the Syrian employee’s linguistic competencies. Therefore, the focus is on increasing their vocabulary and making their pronunciation more precise, explains Jette Kaspersen.

“They practice talking about what they have done during the workday, and we focus on the special words that are relevant for them at the company. For example, ‘I was sewing on the overlock machine’ leads to us focusing on important words from the work tasks, besides, we practice pronouncing the Danish vowels, for example, ‘y’ in ‘sy’ and ‘å’ in ‘tråd’.”

We train common speech acts, such as what to say when asking for something or offering something. The oral language is supported by reading and writing exercises and the use of WhatsApp, where we take pictures of the machines and record what they are called.”

All this helps to expand the employees’ vocabulary and make it more precise, thereby improving communication throughout the workday, both when employees meet at the coffee machine or lunch table or when tasks are handed over at the large sewing machines.

Learning new words helps

Mustafa Mustafa and Abdul Rahman Mustafa both came to Denmark in 2015. They explain that the situation they came from with the civil war in Syria and the many relocations they had to go through to find safety as refugees in Denmark made it difficult to learn Danish at first. But they are happy that with the new language instruction they can become better at speaking Danish.

Abdul Rahman Mustafa explains that he becomes shy speaking Danish, especially if there are words he can’t remember. But the lessons help him get going.

“It’s good that we practice, and I hope that I’ll learn to speak more.”

And colleague Mustafa Mustafa agrees:

“It helps that we learn new words. It makes it easier to talk together.”

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Help your international employees learn Danish

UCplus offers a range of flexible solutions for company Danish. Lessons can take place at the workplace, at the nearest language center, or through online instruction.

UCplus handles all coordination and provides skilled instructors who conduct Danish lessons at the employees’ level.

It is possible to apply for lost earnings if the lessons are held during working hours. UCplus also helps with the application process.

Read more here

Or contact the Language Center Manager for UCplus Silkeborg, Sarah Smedemark Johnsen at tel.: 25 43 41 41 or email: ssj@ucplus.dk if you want to learn more.

Holiday home rental agency helps foreign employees learn Danish

Holiday home rental agency helps foreign employees learn Danish

Holiday home rental agency helps foreign employees learn Danish

The holiday home rental company Esmark has many foreign employees among their cleaning staff, including Ukrainian refugees. To help these Ukrainian refugees get started, Esmark has initiated a collaboration with UCplus’ Language Center in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality. UCplus arranges Danish lessons tailored to the specific needs of Esmark’s employees.
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Here is the team that kick-started Esmark’s special Danish lessons. From left, Stephanie Dittrich, Esmark’s HR Business Partner; Annemette Knudsen, language consultant at UCplus; Iryna, a cleaning supervisor from Ukraine; and Hildigunn Graakjær, Esmarks head cleaning coordinator.

Esmark hires many foreign employees

“We love people” is Esmark’s slogan. The holiday home rental company aims to create great holiday experiences for guests and good working conditions for their employees. The numbers clearly show that they live up to these ambitions, as the company is growing. Each year, the number of families wanting to rent summer houses at Esmark increases. This means that more employees need to be found in a municipality where there is already high demand for extra hands. Esmark has over 4000 summer houses that need cleaning when guests flock to the West Coast in the peak season. Many of Esmark’s new employees are Ukrainian refugees. Even before the outbreak of the war, Ukrainians sought jobs in Ringkøbing-Skjern Municipality, but the war in 2022 brought even more. Esmark is keen to help them and has employed over 70 Ukrainian citizens in their large cleaning team.

Great enthusiasm for the Danish Lessons

Esmark started the collaboration with UCplus for Danish lessons in 2021, as the company prioritizes that their new foreign employees get off to a good start with language training and learn the Danish needed for their job and everyday life.

“When our foreign employees start without the linguistic prerequisites, it’s important that we offer them language training. Part of being an ‘Esmarkker’ is that we care for each other and help each other, and knowing Danish is an important part of everyday life when they work with us,” says Esmark’s HR Business Partner, Stephanie Dittrich.

Esmark offers their foreign employees the opportunity to enroll in the training program, which consists of four hours of instruction each week for ten weeks. The Danish lessons are scheduled in the winter half-year, when there is a low season in holiday home rentals, so cleaning staff have the time and opportunity to attend language school in Ringkøbing. The offer has been highly popular among the employees, with already 39 registered for the upcoming courses, making it the largest group to date.

Role-Play strengthens work-related language skills

UCplus specializes in developing industry-specific Danish lessons that give employees exactly the language they need. Annemette Knudsen, language consultant at UCplus and regular teacher of Esmark’s Danish courses, emphasizes that the employees always work with specific work-related situations.

“Some of the lessons take place in a holiday home, where we practice many different situations. The cleaning staff need to be able to follow directions like ‘go down the fourth crossroad, it’s the black house on the left, and you’ll find the key box under the eave behind the house’.

They need to be able to understand typical instructions such as ‘remember to use limescale remover in the bathroom’. And they need to be able to describe things themselves, so they can call the office for help, for example, if something is broken in the holiday home. It’s always harder to manage in a new language when talking on the phone, so they also get the opportunity to practice phone conversations together.”

Practice makes perfect, and Esmark can feel the difference when they invest in providing Danish lessons for their foreign employees.

“When it’s changeover day in the summer houses, there’s a very short time frame to get the houses ready for the next group of guests. It requires fast and efficient work, especially since we place great emphasis on our cleaning, like the rest of our service, being top-notch. It requires that the cleaning staff understand what is being said to them. And when they can, we get happy employees and better cleaning,” says Stephanie Dittrich.

Learning the language enhances integration

UCplus also finds that when employees learn Danish, which they can use both at work and in their daily lives, it strengthens their sense of belonging and contributes to stronger integration in Denmark. It’s not just about language, but also about cultural understanding and adaptation.

“Our goal is to create a learning environment where Danish is not only learned as a language but as a bridge to better integration,” says Karen Poulsen, Language Center Manager at UCplus.

Facts

  • UCplus offers a range of flexible solutions for companies that want to offer Danish lessons to their foreign employees. Lessons can take place at the workplace, at the nearest language centre, or through online teaching.
  • UCplus handles all coordination and provides skilled instructors who conduct Danish lessons at the employees’ level.
  • It is possible to apply for compensation for lost earnings if the training takes place during working hours. UCplus also assists in applying for this.

Read more here

Or contact Language Centre Manager Karen Poulsen, if you want to know more at phone number 20 60 11 83 or kp@ucplus.dk

Indian Danfoss employees learn Danish and become part of Sønderborg’s social life

Indian Danfoss employees learn Danish and become part of Sønderborg’s social life

Indian Danfoss employees learn Danish and become part of Sønderborg’s social life

Danfoss employees Suriya and his wife Abi from Chennai, India have embraced Sønderborg as their new hometown. They are both fully engaged in learning Danish, as they want to be able communicate freely with their colleagues, and they also want to take part in social life in Sønderborg.

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Abi and Suriya are diligent online Danish students at UCplus, and they practice their Danish in many ways, both on walks in and around Sønderborg and at handball matches.

Online Danish lessons provide flexibility to learn Danish alongside demanding jobs

When Suriya came to Denmark in 2018 to work for Danfoss, he was initially at the factory in Nordborg. Here he met colleagues who had been employed by the company for many years, but who were not so fluent in English. Suriya wanted to talk to them, so he was very keen to get started learning Danish. But because his position involved a lot of travel, it was often difficult for him to attend the weekly Danish lessons. A colleague recommended that he contact UCplus, which offers online Danish lessons, and it turned out to be the perfect solution for him and his wife Abi. In fact, UCplus, at the request of a group of Indian employees at Danfoss, has created a class exclusively for Indian employees.

“The advantage of UCplus’ online Danish is that I can participate even when I’m traveling. And our teacher, Pernille, has been so supportive the past 2 years by helping me understand the Danish language with a cultural perspective, ” says Suriya.

Abi, Suriya’s wife, did not have a job when she moved to Denmark in 2022. Like Suriya, she thinks it is important to learn Danish, so she started taking online Danish classes soon after she arrived in Sønderborg.

“I have learned about written and unwritten rules in Danish society, and it is helpful that we learn about Danish traditions. We did not know all the holidays in India, but when we learn about them, we understand what they mean to our Danish colleagues, and then we can say happy Easter, for example.”

All in with the social scene in Sønderborg

Suriya and Abi are going “all in” to integrate themselves into Sønderborg:

“We don’t just want to read up on Danish language and culture, but also experience life in Sønderborg,” says Suriya.

They use every opportunity to get out into the nature around Sønderborg, going for walks in the forest or going to the beach. At the beach, Abi saw how even very young children jump into the water. She couldn’t swim herself, but was inspired to learn, and last season she started on a swimming team for adult beginners.

Suriya plays volleyball three times a week at the Sønderborg Volleyball club and has also participated in tournaments in Løgumkloster and Kolding.

“I really enjoy playing volleyball, and Denmark has good and strong sport clubs.”

Suriya and Abi have also embraced the archetypal Danish sport of handball. They do not play themselves, but they follow the games from the sidelines when Sønderjyske plays.

Before coming to Sønderborg, they were not familiar with handball because it is not a sport that is common in India, but now they have learned the rules, and Suriya can mention several player names from Sønderjyske’s men’s team.

Learn Danish with UCplus

UCplus offers the three official Danish Language Courses that provide access to official exams and a good start in Denmark. The courses are offered at three levels, each consisting of six modules. You will be offered the level that fits your years of schooling and qualifications.

Would you like to learn Danish online? Read more and sign up here.

Ready for the PD3 exam after just 1.5 years of online Danish lessons with UCplus

Ready for the PD3 exam after just 1.5 years of online Danish lessons with UCplus

Ready for the PD3 exam after just 1.5 years of online Danish lessons with UCplus

Jan Lierz fell in love with Denmark during a family vacation to Jutland in 2018. He wanted to return and chose Aarhus University for his master’s degree. He also wanted to learn Danish and opted for online lessons with UCplus as this gives him flexibility to balance his university studies. After just 1.5 years of lessons, he is now preparing for the PD3 exam.

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Jan Lierz wanted to learn Danish and opted for online lessons with UCplus as this gives him flexibility in relation to his university studies.

Start Danish lessons as soon as possible

Originally from Düsseldorf, Germany, Jan Lierz holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. In August 2021, he started his master’s degree in Information Management at Aarhus BSS (Aarhus University – School of Business and Social Science), while also beginning online Danish lessons with UCplus.

“I knew Danes were good at speaking English. But I wanted to be able to communicate without English. So, for me, it was important to learn Danish. And it was important that I started learning the language as quickly as possible.”

Online lessons and daily practice

Jan chose online learning because it was easy to combine with his studies during the day. He found Danish and German to be similar, so reading Danish was not too difficult. Pronunciation, on the other hand, can be a bit of a challenge, but attending lessons helped.

“Our lessons always start with each of us speaking a bit, like telling what we did over the weekend. And it really helps that we speak in all the lessons.”

But Jan was also determined to use Danish outside of lessons.

“When I go grocery shopping, I always try to speak Danish. I say, ‘I’m not from Denmark, I’d like to practice my Danish.’”

Song lyrics and daily conversations

English is spoken a lot at the university, so Jan has been looking for ways to speak Danish. For example, he applied for student jobs and became a student assistant at a large auditing firm in Aarhus, where he speaks Danish with his colleagues.

At home, he listens to Danish podcasts like ‘Danish Coffee Break’ and Danish music from artists such as Peter Sommer and Thomas Helmig, who are also from Aarhus.

Jan has enjoyed studying in Aarhus, both because of the student life and the city’s location by the sea. He is very fond of Denmark, because he thinks it is an exciting country with a lot of good ideas, and he particularly likes Danish architecture and interior design.

He would like to stay, so in addition to preparing for PD3 and completing his university studies, Jan is also writing job applications to Danish companies.

We wish Jan the best of luck with both the PD3 exam and his job search!

Learn Danish with UCplus

UCplus offers the three official Danish Language Courses that provide access to official exams and a good start in Denmark. The courses are offered at three levels, each consisting of six modules. You will be offered the level that fits your years of schooling and qualifications.

Would you like to learn Danish online? Read more and sign up here.

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